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breakwater

[breyk-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈbreɪkˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
noun
1.
a barrier that breaks the force of waves, as before a harbor.
Origin of breakwater
1715-1725
1715-25; break + water
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  • She remembered running over the breakwater at Sheerness and finding the boat.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • There were boys bathing still from the breakwater of the rocks.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The vessel often drops anchor far from land, in channels having neither wharf nor breakwater.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • Yes, but his hand got well the moment the Mayflower was beyond the breakwater.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • On the sixth and last day the umpires were obliged to alter the course owing to the heavy sea running outside the breakwater.

    Yachting Vol. 1 Various.
  • Soon so many of them were in that the throng of the breakwater was noticeably smaller.

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • There was no time to be lost; she did not want any one to find her upon the breakwater, and she would stay there but a moment.

    Mamie's Watchword Joanna H. (Joanna Hooe) Mathews
  • Outside the breakwater, the "Kearsarge" was doing the same thing.

  • Thus the mamma, looking round a huge groin of breakwater a few yards off.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • “We must form a raft to serve as a breakwater,” said Mr Griffiths.

    Peter Trawl W. H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for breakwater

breakwater

/ˈbreɪkˌwɔːtə/
noun
1.
Also called mole. a massive wall built out into the sea to protect a shore or harbour from the force of waves
2.
another name for groyne
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Word Origin and History for breakwater
n.

1721, from break (v.) + water (n.).

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breakwater in Science
breakwater
  (brāk'wô'tər)   
An offshore barrier, such as a jetty, that protects a harbor or shore from the full impact of waves.
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